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59 tigers poached in 2012

                                                                   The Hindu Business Line, New Delhi, 27th February, 2013

 
The country lost 197 tigers in the past three years with 2012 recording the highest number of 88 deaths, including 59 due to poaching, the Rajya Sabha was today informed. In a written reply, Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan provided the figures related to tiger poached and deaths of big cats due to natural and other causes since 2010. Last year, 59 cases of tiger poaching were registered by various State Government, while 29 big cats died due to natural and other causes.

The highest number of 10 poaching incidents last year was recorded in both Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.